Weed Guide: A Visual Glossary of Cannabis Terminology

This comprehensive visual guide will help you navigate the often-confusing cannabis terminology. It is important to note that because cannabis has been illegal for so long, many of the terms have no formal ‘Websters’ definition. Many words have multiple meanings and some can be used interchangeably. Please keep in mind that while some of these words may have a slightly different meaning depending on your geographic location, I have done my best to address the common nuances of each term.


Backroll

See Inside Out


Baseball Bat

See Cone


BHO

An acronym for Butane Hash Oil (BHO) used to identify cannabis concentrates extracted with butane as the solvent. This type of cannabis concentrate can take on a variety of consistencies including shatterbuddersnap n’ pull, and sap.


Blunt

A blunt is a cannabis cigar. The term originated from the Phillies Blunt brand cigars but has since been used to refer to any inexpensive cigar or cigarillo that is hollowed-out and then re-rolled using ground cannabis or organic hemp flower. Learn how to roll a blunt.


Bong

A bong, also known as a water pipe, is a filtration device used to smoke cannabis or organic hemp flower. As the user inhales, the smoke passes through the water and bubbles up into the chamber prior to being cleared, filtering the smoke for a smooth hit. Bongs are typically comprised of at least two pieces, the larger tube (that holds the water) and a smaller bowl piece where the ground buds are loaded.  That said, there are many different types of bongs that may include multiple chambers with percolators, ice catchers, and more.


Bowl

A bowl is the part of a smoking pipe or bong that is used to hold ground cannabis for smoking.


Bud

The bud sites and associated flowers produced by the cannabis plant. Also refers to the dried, trimmed, and cured flowers familiar at the consumer level.


Cannabis

Cannabis can refer to the hemp plant itself and/or the various parts of the plant from which psychotropic drugs are prepared. Commonly (and unless otherwise specified on our blog), it refers to bud. The cannabis plant is tall with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs.

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three different species, cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. These species are native to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  Industrial hemp is technically a subspecies of the cannabis family, but in the interest of clarity we’ll refer to it as organic hemp flower unless otherwise specified.


Carb Cap

A carb cap is a tool used to helpfully vaporize cannabis concentrates or CBD isolate at lower temperatures. The carb cap is typically dropped on top of the nail, creating a partial seal. Think of it as creating a tiny oven for optimum vaporization of concentrates.


Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is one of over 85 active phytocannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is non-psychoactive and is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than THC.  CBD is available in many concentrated forms, but it can also be consumed in the form of organic hemp flower, just as you would traditional cannabis buds.


Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds found in cannabis (and in the human body — these are referred to as endocannabinoids) that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body. There are over 85 identified phytocannabinoids, the most prevalent being THC and CBD. These are the compounds responsible for the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis.


Canoe

A term used to describe a joint that burns unevenly. Typically, a portion of the cherry burns faster than the rest of the joint, creating a long run of burnt herb in the joint.  Typically, this is the result of an improperly rolled or lit joint. For more on how to avoid this annoyance, try our tips for rolling better joints.


Caregiver

Individuals allowed to assist specific, state-registered medical patients by cultivating medical cannabis on their behalf.


Cherry

The burning portion of bud in a joint or bowl that stays lit without further ignition.  Ideally, it should be round and compact to prevent canoeing or torching the bowl.


Chillum

A chillum is a straight, usually one-hitter pipe with an end-to-end channel. A chillum does not have a carb like a traditional pipe, providing a direct hit each time for maximum smoking efficiency.


Cola

A cola refers to the part of a female cannabis plant where the flowers or buds grow together tightly. This is known as the terminal bud in plant physiology.


Collective

See Dispensary


Concentrate

The separated or extracted resin obtained from cannabis; synonymous with hash.


Cone

A joint shape that flares from a small base to a larger-diameter tip.


Crutch

A device, typically made of wood pulp or glass (but easily MacGyvered from just about any paper or card stock material), that is incorporated in the joint rolling process to create a mouthpiece. Also known as a filter or tip, you can learn more about their benefits in our crutches guide.


Dab

A dose of cannabis concentrate. See dabbing.


Dabber

A tool used to collect cannabis concentrate and apply it to a heated nail, skillet, or chamber. They are typically made of titanium, stainless steel, or glass. Be mindful of materials, as using a sub-par dabber could allow heavy metals to leach into your dab — yikes!


Dabbing

The process of dropping a dose of cannabis concentrate onto a heated water pipe attachment (known as a nail) and inhaling. jAlso applies to using a more traditional pen-style vape to consume cannabis concentrates. Looking for tips to help maximize the flavor of every dab? We can help!


Dab Rig

A dab rig is a water pipe specifically designed for consuming cannabis concentrates as opposed to ground buds. The primary difference is that a dab rig generally has a male joint as opposed to the female joint usually found on a bong (male joints are ideal for most nails). Typically, a dab rig is also smaller than a traditional bong.


Dankrupt

To be out of cannabis.


Dispensary

A legal clinic, medical and/or recreational, that provides cannabis products to medical cardholders and/or recreational users.  As CBD becomes more popular, this term is also being applied to stores that sell CBD products in accordance with federal regulations.


Draw

To suck or take in air; inhale.  Also referred to as a hit.


Dry Sift

Dry sift is a form of solventless hash that involves using a series of taught silk screens of varying microns to separate the trichome head (where all the good stuff is) from the stalk and plant matter.


Filter

See Crutch


Flower

See Bud


Grinder

A grinder is a device designed to break the bud or organic hemp flower into fine, evenly ground bits. For more on grinders click here.


Hash

Hash, also referred to as hashish, is the oldest term still currently in use to refer to a cannabis product composed of separated or purified trichomes. Hash is considered to be a form of concentrated cannabis. There are many separation and extraction methods; both solvent and non-solvent based.


Hemp

Hemp refers to high-growing, industrial cannabis plant varieties, and their products. Hemp is grown primarily for its fiber, oil, and seed, but increasing attention is being paid to creating high-quality organic hemp flower strains that look, smell, taste, and smoke just like their high-THC counterparts. Hemp is low in THC, typically less than 0.3 % according to federal regulations.


Ice Water Hash

Ice water hash is a form of solventless hash that is extracted using ice and water to break the brittle trichome heads off of the plant material.


Indica

Cannabis plants of the indica variety grow short and bushy. Indica leaves are short, wide, and deeply serrated. Cannabis indica plants typically mature in 6 to 8 weeks. The effect of cannabis indica is typically described as a body high and is characterized by physical and mental relaxation, sleepiness, and often “the munchies.”


Inside Out

A European rolling technique also referred to as a backroll, in which the orientation of the rolling paper is flipped and the excess paper is torn off after completing one rotation around the rolled cannabis. To learn how to roll inside out, check our step-by-step instructions.


Joint

A rolled cannabis or hemp flower cigarette created with paper, as opposed to a tobacco, palm, or hemp leaf wrap.


Kief

Kief is a grade of dry sift that contains a mixture of trichome heads, stalks and cannabis plant matter. Kief often accumulates in grinders with chambers for that purpose, but it can also be sifted from dry cannabis or hemp buds with a mesh screen, sieve, or similar tool. Kief is an Arabic term meaning ‘pleasure or intoxication’.


Live Resin

Live resin refers BHO made from freshly harvested, flash-frozen plant material (as opposed to dried and cured buds/trim). Live resin captures the terpenes and flavonoids — and the resulting aromas and flavors — present in the living plant immediately after harvest, many of which would be lost in the curing process.


Nail

A nail is water pipe attachment for dabbing, typically made of titanium, quartz, or ceramic materials for safety at high temperatures. It is heated using either a torch or an electric coil for the purpose of dabbing cannabis concentrates.


Pearled

A term used to describe a perfectly rolled, visually appealing joint.


PHO

An acronym for Propane Hash Oil (PHO) used to identify cannabis concentrates extracted with propane as the solvent. Although others are possible, the consistency of PHO is typically budder/wax.


Pinner

A thin, straight, cigarette-shaped joint, as opposed to a cone.


Pipe

A narrow tube, typically made from glass (though metal, ceramic, wood, bone or antler, and even silicone are also common), with a bowl at one end for containing burning cannabis, the smoke from which is then drawn into the mouth through the other end of the tube.  Many pipes feature a carb, but some do not.


Pre-Roll

A pre-formed rolling paper that’s manufactured in a cone shape. This term may also apply to pre-rolled cannabis or hemp flower joints or blunts. For more on pre-rolls click here.


Resin Gland

See Trichome


Roach

The remaining end of a jointblunt or spliff after most of it has been smoked.


Rolling Paper

Rolling papers are small sheets, rolls, or leaves of paper that are sold for rolling cigarettes, joints, or spliffs either by hand or with a rolling machine. Learn more about sizes and material types to find the right paper for your rolling style.


Rosin Tech

Rosin, also referred to as rosin tech, is a solvent-free process used to extract concentrated cannabis resin from either dried flower/budor solventless hash using heat and pressure. It’s safe and easy to make at home!


Run

See Canoe


Sap

A term used to describe the soft, viscous, sticky consistency of some cannabis concentrates. This consistency is typically pliable, oily, and forgiving to work with.


Sativa

Cannabis plants of the sativa variety grow tall and lanky. Its leaves are long, narrow, and narrowly serrated. Cannabis sativa plants typically mature in 10 to 16 weeks. The effect of cannabis sativa is typically described as a cerebral high.


Scooby Snacks

A common term for bits of ground cannabis and resin that get sucked through the bottom of the bowl or end of the roll and enter the mouth when inhaling. Scooby snacks are typically the result of not using a crutch or screen.


Shatter

Refers to cannabis concentrates of a hard, smooth, glass-like consistency. As the name indicates, this type of cannabis extract breaks easily into shards and is often referred to as being ‘stable.’  That said, it’s not as forgiving as softer concentrates.


Snap N’ Pull

As the name indicates, snap n’ pull refers to concentrates with a consistency between shatter and sap (the two extremes), similar to a taffy. It can stretch or snap when pulled based on ambient temperature and amount of force used, making it exceedingly forgiving and easy to work with.


Spliff

A cannabis cigarette mixed with tobacco.


Strain

Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties, typically of sativa and indica. Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the parent plants. Strains are named for purposes of identification.  There are also strains of organic hemp flower as CBD grows in popularity.


Tips

See Crutch


Terpene

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in plant resins (trichomes), including those from cannabis and organic hemp flower. There are thousands of terpenes found in the plant kingdom and more than 100 found in cannabis alone. Terpenes provide the aroma and flavor of cannabis varieties and may support the action of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids in the body.


Trichome

A trichome is a small hair or other outgrowths from the epidermis of a plant, typically unicellular and glandular. In the case of cannabis and hemp flower, the trichomes contain the beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. To learn more about trichomes in the context of cannabis, read this article.


Twax

A term coined by @WA5280 to describe applying hash or concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form. View our step-by-step guide showing how to twax your joint or blunt!


Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is the primary chemical responsible for most of the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. It is found in the trichomes or resin glands of the cannabis plant.


Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis or hemp buds and/or concentrates to 315-440°F (157-227°C), which causes the cannabinoids stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. It’s a healthy alternative to smoking cannabis.


Wax

This term refers to cannabis extracts that have been whipped into a creamy, buttery consistency. The consistency is comparable to a soft wax and tends to crumble when being handled. Also referred to as budder or crumble.

How to Get as High as Possible with THC

It stands to reason that most people who are enthusiasts of the green stuff are keen to increase their high. This article is not for novices, this article is for experienced consumers who are used to feeling a certain way after they smoke and are looking to take the effects to the next level. If you aren’t getting the experience that you’ve been hoping for, here are 5 top tips to get even more out of your cannabis.

1. Choose High THC Strains

Ok, it’s an obvious tip, but it’s definitely going to work. The average strain only has a THC content of between 12% and 18%, and while that might be adequate for some, it isn’t going to maximize your experience. Look for strains with a higher amount of THC—there are varieties out there with THC levels of over 30%, so shop wisely!

2. Use Terpenes to Your Advantage

It’s not all about THC percentages, terpene content is arguably just as important. Why? Because terpenes modulate the effects of THCand other cannabinoids in your system. In other words, terpenes interact with the endocannabinoid system to facilitate the onset of your high. Certain terpenes like myrcene will make you feel higher, while others like limonene will act as a mood enhancer. That’s why it’s important to select a strain based on terpene content in addition to overall cannabinoid potency. The terpenes will significantly impact the actual effects you feel with each strain. To better illustrate this point, consider a high-myrcene strain that only tests at 18% THC versus a high-limonene strain testing at 23%–which will get you higher? For most people, the high-myrcene strain will make them feel higher despite having a lower overall THC content—crazy right? You can also blend cannabinoid and terpene profiles by combining strains in a bowl, joint, or vaporizer—the diverse spectrum of psychoactive compounds will induce a more powerful high.

3. Try Edibles

When you smoke cannabis, the THC goes straight to the brain for an instant but short-lived high. On the other hand, if you consume edibles, you’ll find that you’ll have a longer and more intense high. Be warned, it takes longer for edibles to kick in because they have to be processed by your digestive system, but you’ll find the high to be exceptionally more powerful and long lasting. In fact, the psychoactive effects of cannabis are enhanced through the digestive process as THC is converted to the more psychoactive 11-hydroxy-THC by the liver. This compound has more profound psychoactive effects than the original THC. You can also make edibles at home, as strong as you like.

4. Physical Exercise

Exercise ramps up your blood flow and releases chemicals like dopamine and adrenaline that make you feel good. THC will enhance these feelings—exercise will also speed up the onset time of your high. A 2013 academic study demonstrated that exercise enhances plasma THC levels in regular cannabis users. Overall, these results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores. Need some ideas for your next workout?

5. Upgrade Your Equipment

You may not be getting the high that you’ve been hoping for because you’re using a poor quality vaporizer. Sub-standard devices don’t fully vaporize your flower, so if you’re determined to take your cannabis experience to the next level, invest in a quality vape. The Mighty Vaporizer is a great choice. This unit is super easy to use, small enough to be portable, and equipped with a powerful convection & conduction heating system. You won’t be disappointed by its battery life, and you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the most out of your high with this tried and tested stalwart of the vaping scene. The Mighty vape is an essential addition to your stash (it comes from the same folks that make the legendary Volcano Vaporizer).

BONUS:

Last but not least, you could take a tolerance break. Although, we didn’t include this as an official tip in the list because it requires you take a break from consuming cannabis altogether—it certainly won’t help you make the most of your current stash. So, there you have it—the top 5 tips for getting as high as possible. Enjoy!

How to Smoke Cannabis Without Getting Too High

As any cannabis consumer can attest, if there’s one feeling no one enjoys, it’s being too high. It can happen to anyone: maybe you took too big a hit trying to impress some friends, maybe the edible kicked in three hours late after you’d already eaten another thinking they weren’t working. Maybe you tried concentrates for the first time and underestimated their potency, or maybe you just have a lower tolerance than most. Whatever the cause, the result is the same: you’re in a whole other world, uncomfortably high, and feeling like you’re never coming down.

First of all, follow the immortal advice of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and DON’T PANIC! Nearly every cannabis consumer has been there at one point or another, and we’re all still here to tell the tale. To date, cannabis overdose has resulted in exactly zero deaths. As miserable as you may feel, you aren’t going to die. The next several minutes to several hours may be quite the journey, but you’ll be around to tell about it when it’s all over. First, we’ll discuss some ways to avoid getting to that “too high” point. Then we’ll present some potential strategies that may provide some relief after you’ve already crossed that threshold.

Avoid Getting Too High: Know Your Limits

Unfortunately, the key to not getting too high is to, well, not get too high!  This doesn’t sound helpful on its surface, but hear us out: in order to avoid getting too high, you need to know your limits. This means you need to know how much cannabis you need to consume to produce the effects you desire without going overboard.

It takes experience, and a little experimentation, to find the dose that’s right for you. If you’re just starting to use cannabis, start small and work your way up to a larger dose. The principle works the same as with any other substance: you can always take more, but you can’t un-smoke that last joint or negate that extra edible once it’s in your system.

Conscious Consumption: How Not To Get Too High

First, an important note on selecting a strain: studies have shown that CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, can help negate the negative sensations that THC, the psychoactive component, can cause in some users. When starting out (or if you commonly experience paranoia or anxiety as a side-effect of cannabis), try selecting a strain that is relatively high in CBD and lower in THC. This may help you experience the positive effects of the herb without the intense negative side-effects.

We recommend starting by smoking the flower, vaporizing flower or cannabis concentrate, or using cannabis tinctures, as these methods allow you to consume cannabis in smaller increments, letting you fine-tune your dose until you find an amount that suits you.  Consuming cannabis through one of these methods also allows it to take effect more quickly, which in turn allows you to more accurately discern how much and which of the effects you are feeling.

For this same reason, we suggest holding off on using edibles until you have a better idea of your tolerance level. This is because edibles tend to take much longer to take effect than cannabis consumed through the mucous membranes of the lungs or mouth, making it more difficult to detect when you’ve had enough. Every edible cannabis consumer has a story about eating one (or several) too many edibles and suffering from the dreaded “couch lock” that comes with the intense physical high they produce.

If and when you do decide to try edibles, go for an option from a dispensary that lists the dosage on the packaging. If you’re making them at home, you can manipulate the potency to find a dose that suits you but isn’t overpowering. A good rule of thumb when trying edibles, especially as a beginner, is to start with one serving (usually 10mg THC), then wait three hours before consuming more. While three hours may sound extreme, edibles can take a very long time to “kick in,” differing greatly even in the same person. For this reason, they carry a higher overconsumption risk and should be used with caution.

You may choose to consume cannabis concentrates, such as dabs or shatter. Like edibles, these forms of cannabis require extra caution, as it’s easy to overconsume without realizing it. While you may be consuming cannabis with a friend who dabs regularly or takes massive hits of shatter on a daily basis, you are under no obligation to keep up with them! Start with a small amount, then give it at least 15 minutes to take effect before you consume more, especially if it’s your first time. You can always take more, but a large dabis enough to knock even the most seasoned cannabis consumer temporarily senseless, so exercise caution.

Now, let’s discuss cannabis use in conjunction with alcohol. Alcohol has been shown to enhance the effects of cannabis, making your cannabis high significantly more intense and combining with the effects of the alcohol to produce undesirable side-effects. For cannabis consumers who have “cross-faded” like this, the feeling of vertigo, often resulting in nausea (commonly known as “the spins”), is a familiar and wholly unpleasant feeling.

Because even small doses of alcohol can drastically influence your blood-THC levels, it’s best to stick to one beer, cocktail, or glass of wine when consuming cannabis in conjunction with alcohol. Wait an hour, and then consume another drink if you desire. It’s always better to pace yourself than to find you’ve gone too hard too quickly, especially in social situations, especially in social situations such as parties or festivals.

Coming Back: When You’ve Gone Too Far

The first and most important step to bringing yourself back to a comfortable space is to hydrate yourself. Water is obviously best, but herbal (or decaffeinated) tea, sports drinks, and other beverages will do in a pinch—whatever it takes to get you to consume fluids. Note that this rule does not extend to alcohol, as it will only enhance the already too-intense effects of the cannabis in your system. Sugary and caffeinated beverages should also be avoided, as they tend to act as diuretics, dehydrating you in the long term.

Do you have “the munchies?” Cannabis can often make us feel hungry, and consuming a light snack may help you feel less impaired. Fruits, nuts, vegetables, and cheeses are all good choices to satisfy your cravings while nourishing your body. It may not be a good idea to eat a heavy meal, as this can induce feelings of sluggishness, drowsiness, and potentially nausea.

It’s a good idea to keep some black peppercorns on hand—many long-time cannabis consumers swear by this trick. Chewing on a few peppercorns, or even sniffing some ground black pepper, may provide some relief if you find you’ve overindulged. The science behind it is fairly simple: the terpenes in the black pepper bind to the same receptors that cannabinoids do, resulting in a synergistic effect that yields feelings of calm. This means that black pepper could help you mitigate feelings of anxiety or paranoia that can result from getting too high.

If you’re still feeling uncomfortably “elevated,” now is a good time to find a place to rest for awhile. Dim the lights, find a soft blanket to curl up with, give yourself all the pillows you need—whatever you need to do to make yourself completely comfortable. If you’re experiencing “the spins,” you can try placing one foot on the floor to help “ground” yourself; many cannabis consumers find that this helps stave off feelings of vertigo. Once you’re situated, just relax. You may find you drift off to sleep, or you may not. Take a nap if you can; you might wake up a bit groggy, but you’ll feel much better. If you find you can’t sleep, don’t fret. Just rest, and rise when you feel you’re ready.

As we discussed briefly earlier, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD can counteract the effects of THC, particularly the negative effects. If you order CBD oil tinctures, you might consider taking a dose (most are consumed sublingually and absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth, so they act relatively quickly) and seeing how you feel over the next fifteen minutes or so. For instantaneous relief, you could try inhaling from a CBD vaporizer cartridge or dabbing some 99% CBD Isolate. Worst case scenario, you won’t feel any different from before—CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it can’t possibly get you any higher than you already are.

Restless Soul:  When You Can’t Sleep It Off

Sometimes cannabis gives us energy, and that energy needs to be directed someplace. That’s okay! Taking a walk can provide the release you need, grounding you in the present and refocusing your mind. Most cannabis consumers will agree that a walk in a natural setting is more peaceful than walking through a crowded square or street, which can aggravate feelings of paranoia and self-consciousness. Find a park or quiet trail to walk if you can, though just getting some fresh air by stepping onto a patio or into a backyard may do you some good.

Perhaps it’s raining or otherwise unpleasant outside (cold weather, in particular, can be especially insufferable when you’re too high). That’s okay, you still have plenty of options! The goal is to take your mind off how high you feel. Take a bubble bath or a shower and enjoy the heightened sensation, as well as the relaxation. Draw how you’re feeling, or grab a coloring book and settle in for a bit. Cuddle your significant other or your pet, or talk with your friends (who are hopefully right beside you, encouraging you that everything is going to be okay).

If you’re by yourself, you can use media options to pass the time while you “come down.” Play a video game and get “zoned in” for as long as you please. Listen to a favorite album while sitting in your favorite chair. Watch something that makes you laugh (I mean really laugh), and enjoy the endorphin rush. Put on a nature or space documentary if you’d rather contemplate a little while enjoying striking and evocative visuals, or a cooking show for a little culinary inspiration: you can make yourself something delicious, being as creative as you please! By redirecting your attention, you can change your perception of your high long enough to get through it.

Conclusion

Whether you’ve found yourself past a point of seemingly no return with cannabis in the past, or are new and trying to avoid that “too high” feeling altogether, knowing your limits is key to maintaining a pleasant cannabis experience. As with any other mind-altering substance, cannabis’ effects increase with dosage, and taking too much can produce undesirable sensations. Knowing how to consciously consume cannabis and recognize your personal limits can keep you from reaching that dreaded “never coming down” feeling in the first place.

Can You Smoke in the Car? 5 Tips for Driving with Weed

Hotboxing your car while blasting Bob Marley’s Legend and cruising down I-70 may sound like a good idea—until you’re getting handcuffed by an ornery officer and explaining to him why there’s an oven-fire’s worth of smoke billowing from your open window.

Smoking and driving is never a good idea—but what about just keeping weed or a 420 travel kit in your car while you’re driving? Whether you’re in a state with legal weed like Colorado or you’re passing through an inhospitable land like Utah or Texas, there are a few ways to minimize risk while driving with weed in your car. Here are a few of our favorite tips to stay out of trouble while you’re on the road.

 

5 Tips for Driving with Weed:

  1. Don’t smoke in the car

    Our first piece of advice sounds obvious, and it might be a total buzzkill, but we recommend you don’t smoke in the car. Smoking—and even vaping—in your car before you drive is a dead giveaway. And even if you’re not high anymore, the lingering scent of smoke gives any police officer with a pair of nostrils probable cause to search your vehicle.

  2. Don’t smoke and then drive the car

    You might snort at this advice and say, “I’m a great high driver.” While we believe that driving high is not nearly as dangerous as driving drunk, it’s important to acknowledge that when you’re stoned, your reaction times are slower, your peripheral vision is decreased, and your ability to multi-task is impeded. You’re not going to necessarily drive off a cliff, but you aren’t exactly ready for a Formula 1 race, either. Recognizing the potential for impairment goes a long way.

  3. Keep that stash under an ounce

    If you have a duffle bag full of chronic with you in the car, chances are you’re going to have some explaining to do to the law. Even in states where weed is legal, the average Joe can’t just haul around pounds of kush. Possession jumps to distribution, community service turns into hard jail time. Unless it absolutely can’t be avoided, keeping your stash to under an ounce is a great rule of thumb.

  4. Keep the chronic in the trunk

    Keep that herb in the trunk! Why? This tip could be the difference between a DUI and a simple possession charge — if you can’t reach it from the driver’s seat, you probably weren’t smoking while driving. Keep the stash in the trunk, know your rights, and play it cool.

  5. Use a Stash Case

    Keep your car clean of roaches, pipes, papers. Our recommendation? Snag a smell proof stash bag or case. This sleek smoking kit keeps all of your essentials in one place. The outdoor-grade zipper keeps your stash smell-proof and the rugged exterior protects your smoking accessories from bumps in the road. It is, without a doubt, the best way to manage your smoking supplies—no matter where you’re traveling.

Smoking Weed at High Altitude: 5 Tips for Your Colorado Weedcation

Colorado is famous for both its potent pot and its high elevation. But does smoking weed at altitude actually get you higher? It’s a question on the lips of every traveling stoner preparing to make a pilgrimage to this high-elevation land of milk and honey, and it’s a question that we’re going to answer today.

Alcohol and Altitude: Fact or Fiction?

First off, let’s start with using alcohol as an example, as living in Colorado it’s incredibly common to hear people say, “Don’t drink as much as you would at sea level—a beer in Denver is like two beers in San Francisco.” The sentiment is valid, but the science is suspect.

Most people think that alcohol gets you drunker at altitude—but that’s actually a myth. Instead, extremely intoxicated visitors are experiencing a combination of drunkenness and altitude sickness. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) isn’t actually increasing simply because you’re having a few beers at altitude—instead, the effects of altitude (dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, etc.) are combining with the effects of the booze to make you feel drunker than you actually are—and not necessarily in a good way.

It’s not the pot…

In a similar fashion, smoking weed at altitude doesn’t actually get you higher—but the effects of altitude can combine with the effects of cannabis to make you feel higher (also, not necessarily in a good way). It’s not just Colorado’s high-grade that has you lightheaded, it’s the fact that you’re not acclimatized to life a mile high. To make the most of your Colorado weedcation, we recommend a simple, proactive regimen to combat altitude sickness before you arrive, and then a few simple tips to make smoking in Denver or any altitude a sweet experience.

5 Steps for Smoking Weed at Altitude:

  1. Chug water

    This simple step is the single most important one. Chugging water is always a good idea, and making sure you’re overly hydrated before you touch down in Colorado is an excellent move. Hydrated travelers will have an easier time acclimating, and they’ll have less issues with headaches, lightheadedness, and other symptoms of altitude sickness. Better to have to take a piss frequently than having to tap out because you can’t hang anymore, right? You can also try drinks like Acli-Mate to make the transition easier.

  2. Get Some Rest

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    Exhaustion can be a catalyst for altitude sickness—it’s best to get a good night’s sleep and have a relaxing day before you head to Colorado. Also, be cognizant of the fact that a late night out on the town might not be the best move the moment you land.

  3. Be active


    You want to be active (but not too active) upon your arrival. At altitude, the air is thinner, and your body is working overtime to get the oxygen it needs. Moderately increasing your heart rate will help your body speed up the acclimatization process faster than simply resting. That said, if you’re going for a hike or heading to the ski hill, you shouldn’t go all out straight off the plane.

  4. Don’t get high, get well

    The combination of incredibly potent marijuana and high altitudes can definitely take a toll—especially on an occasional smoker from sea level. One way to enjoy a casually enjoy cannabis legality in a place like Colorado is to take advantage of weed’s medicinal benefits instead of simply smoking until you can’t stand up. We recommend smoking a CBD-heavy strain or vaping a CBD concentrate after a day of hiking or skiing; your mind won’t be overwhelmed by the mellow psychoactive properties of CBD, but your ultra-relaxed muscles will thank you.

  5. Try Strains that Aid Sleep

    Another tip for those smoking at altitude? That would be to purchase a mellow indica for use as a natural sleep aid. While sativa will keep your mind-racing and may make it difficult to fall asleep, we prefer the sleepy body high of an indica to an Ambien any night of the week.

The bottom line?

You’re not actually getting higher than you would smoking the same weed at sea level. Instead, your body simply isn’t accustomed to the altitude, and as it’s adapting, you’re noticing symptoms of altitude sickness.

The best way to smoke weed at altitude? Drink water, sleep well, be active, and smoke smart. Looking for a simple, convenient smoking kit for your trip? It’s made the whole process of smoking on the go so much easier.

 

Smoking vs. Vaporizing: Which is Better?

Smoking and vaporizing are two popular methods for consuming cannabis flowers and concentrates. The primary difference is temperature. When you smoke a joint, you set it on fire and inhale everything that’s burning inside the rolling paper, including the paper itself. Think of vaporization as an instant extraction and consumption alternative. By heating the cannabis to a specific (lower) temperature range, you can consume the beneficial cannabis compounds stored in the plant, without consuming the actual plant on which they are produced.

There is a temperature range where the cannabinoids found in the trichome heads begin to boil off into a gas without combusting any plant material. Most cannabinoids and terpenes, the therapeutic compounds found in cannabis, boil in the range of 315-440°F (157-227°C). Beyond 451°F (233°C), combustion begins to occur. For reference, the lowest possible temperature of the butane flame in your Bic lighter is 761°F (405°C). Which is better? The answer, like so many other questions in the cannabis world, is preference based. Below are some of the main questions to consider when choosing between smoking and vaporizing.

How is cannabis smoke different from cannabis vapor?

By definition, combustion is the process of burning something. Because vaporization does not ignite the plant matter, the vapor produced is comprised of mostly cannabinoids (up to 95% carcinogen free). In contrast, the smoke created from the combustion process is diluted by up to 90% with non-cannabinoids, which contains carcinogens and can cause respiratory irritation. The thicker smoke produced by the combustion of cannabis comes from the plant buds and leaves, which are non-essential relative to the trichomes they harbor. If you are one of the many Americans around the country that still needs to consume undetected, vaporization offers a discreet solution with minimal smell.

Which gets me higher?

The effects of both smoking and vaporizing can be felt almost immediately and typically result in the elevated sensation most people associate with the THC in cannabis. The instant effects of vaporizing and smoking cannabis making controlling dosage relatively easy; simply inhale more as necessary. Many people find smoking cannabis results in a stronger, hazier high relative to vaporizing, which is considered to be more mild, clean, and therapeutic.

Which is more flavorful?

The terpene and cannabinoid-rich vapor produced by vaporization is typically more flavorful and smooth than the smoke produced from combustion. Many describe the vaporization experience as inhaling the ‘essence of the plant’. When smoking cannabis buds, the flavor (produced by terpenes) is less apparent because the smoke can be diluted with plant matter by up to 90%.

Which has a more effective dosage?

This is a difficult question as many cannabis users prefer smoking, while others prefer vaporization. It goes without saying that vapor produced by vaporizing is significantly more concentrated with cannabinoids than the smoke produced by combustion. However, many users find that no matter how many inhalations they take from a vaporizer, they never achieve a high consistent with smoking. The same can be said for many vaporizer users who claim that smoking cannabis is less effective and results in respiratory irritation. In our experience, vaporization provides a more forgiving, manageable, and mild medication option for newer cannabis users.

Some people enjoy packing a one hitter pipe because of the limited amount of smoke required to pack a considerable punch.

Which is easier on the go?

With the right tools, both smoking and vaporizing on the go can be a quick and easy process. We recommend one of the various smell proof Safety Case kits that include everything you need to load a vaporizer or protect your prefill cartridge and battery. If you prefer to smoke flower, a small one hitter pipe is especially helpful for conserving cannabis.

Do you inhale and exhale the same way?

Regardless of your preferred consumption method, we want to clear up a common misconception: holding in the smoke or vapor does not get you higher! Studies have shown that approximately 95% of the cannabinoids present in smoke or vapor are absorbed within the first few seconds of inhaling. Steady in and steady out! Ready to try smoking, dabbing, or vaporizing? Reference our dosage guide here.

How do dabs fit into the equation?

Dabbing is the process of dropping a dose of cannabis concentrate onto a heated water pipe attachment (known as a nail) and inhaling. Dabbing teeters the line between combustion and vaporization as the cannabis concentrate is heated to temperatures ranging from 500-900+°F. However, because clean cannabis concentrates are typically free of plant matter, there is less risk of inhaling potentially harmful carcinogens, even at higher temperatures consistent with combustion. Dabbing involves highly concentrated cannabis extracts and is not recommended for novice consumers.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

    Those seeking a discreet, manageable, and healthy way to medicate should try vaporizing
    Those looking for the traditional, hazy, powerful high should stick to smoking
    Regardless of how you consume, no need to hold in the smoke! Steady in, steady out

How to Stop Being Too High — and Start Enjoying It

OK—so you’re a little too high. Trust me, we’ve been there before. First things first, you’re not going to die—no one has ever overdosed on weed. That said, being too high can definitely be uncomfortable. Here’s our advice on how to manage your experience, and how to make the most of an extreme high.

  1. Breathe:

    Your lungs are your friends. There’s no need to panic. That oxygen is coming through. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. If you can, try a little meditative breathing: inhale through your nose for a slow count of 4 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, and then exhale for 4 seconds.

    Repeat this cycle for a few minutes. We borrowed this from a yogic technique and it does wonders if you’ve smoked a little too much weed. Our recommendation? Dim the lights, throw on some mellow music from one of your favorite artists, and practice this breathing technique. Don’t know what music to listen to? Try this roots reggae album from Groundation on for size, it’s super relaxing and one of our favorites.

  2. Hydrate with Limonene (Drink Lemon Water).

    You may want a salty snack, but what your body truly needs is a simple concoction of lemon and water. One of the few things known to diminish extreme highness is limonene, which is a terpene that minimizes THC’s effects on the brain. Luckily for you, limonene is conveniently found in lemons. Plus, who ever had a problem with a little lemonade?

  3. Sniff a Little Black Pepper:

    This isn’t a joke, we promise. Black pepper possesses yet another terpene that’s proven to combat weed-based paranoia. It’s a surprising at-home remedy that’s more effective than anything you’ll find at the pharmacy.

  4. Change your Mindset

    Whether you’re alone or with a friend doesn’t really matter—YOU possess all of the power to change your mindset. We know it feels like your brain is working overtime, but think of it like this: yes, your mind is firing on all-cylinders. Nothing bad is going to happen. In that case, doesn’t it make sense to take advantage of this powerful mental state? Even if it’s been a while since you’ve explored your artistic side, take out a piece of paper and start to draw or paint. Write a poem, a song, or a letter–maybe even an idea for a screenplay or a novel! Consider the high an opportunity to be creative and try to “let it flow.”

  5. Take a Shower

    Taking a shower is a great way to find peace and tranquility. Let the warm water wash away any discomfort you feel. Throw on some music and just vibe out in the meditative steam.

  6. Be Active

    Sometimes having a task to distract you can make you feel better. Go for a hike, ride your bike, walk the dog, play a sport—being active and spending time outside will make you feel alive and may make you appreciate the sensation of being high more so than being inside watching a movie.

  7. Embrace the Experience

    Remember, nothing bad is going to happen, and you’re in a place of untapped creative potential. You’re going to be sober soon, but in the meantime… think about your life. What are you doing with your future that excites you? If you could do anything, what would it be? What’s your moonshot? Take a pen and paper or even a voice recorder and explore your mind. You may stumble into your next big idea.

 

Above all else, remember that your high will eventually end, and absolutely nothing bad is going to happen. And if you want to make sure that next time you don’t smoke or eat too much, check out our dosage guide or figure out what cannabis consumption method is best for you. Hang in there!